Productivity Hacks To Stay On Top Of Your Job Search
March 15, 2021
Searching and applying for jobs can be an overwhelming and frustrating process - especially if this is your first time applying for a job in this country.
Before starting your job search, the assumption may be that it is a fairly straight-forward process that should not take you too long but the reality is that it can be a very time-consuming process. Nowadays, many graduate jobs require detailed applications, essays, online assessments, creative cover letters, or even video submissions!
How to be more productive
The time-consuming nature of your job search, in addition to feelings of disappointment from any rejection emails you may receive from a job you have applied for, can take a toll on your motivation to be productive in looking for and applying to jobs.
There are many great systems that aim to assist you in your productivity. In this article, we will be discussing three productivity hacks that we believe will help you stay on top of your job search: Pomodoro technique, Time Blocking, and SMART goals.
The Pomodoro technique is a time-management strategy that allows you to divide your work time into smaller, focused sessions followed by a short interval where you can take a break. The traditional Pomodoro structure is to do twenty-five minutes of work followed by five minutes of rest; however, this can be adapted to suit your peak productivity times.
This technique is ideal for those who struggle to maintain focus whilst searching and applying for jobs, and also for those who find that the quality of their applications deteriorates the longer they spend on the task.
As our brains are wired to be constantly active and seeking new information or completing new tasks, you may find that the tedious and repetitive nature of the tasks, which unfortunately come with job searching, is preventing you from being as productive as you could be and therefore, you could potentially be missing out on your dream job!
The Time Blocking method encourages you to divide your day up into segments and allocate a specific set of tasks to each time block. Some examples of some tasks you may want to allocate to a time block are: searching for jobs, replying to emails, sending out your CV, writing cover letters, completing online assessments, collating a portfolio of work, or completing short online courses which increase your employability.
By allocating each of these sets of tasks to an individual time block, you will be less inclined to procrastinate or feel overwhelmed by the many aspects of searching for and applying to jobs. Before you reach the point of becoming bored by a specific task or experience the monotony of it, you will be moving onto something different.
It is important that, during your job search, you set yourself SMART goals. These are goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. An example of a SMART goal is “I will email three law firms this afternoon to ascertain whether they are accepting applicants this summer”. Not only will this help you to be intentional and productive in your job search, but these goals will be a lot less daunting and therefore, will be easier to achieve.
When applying to multiple jobs at once, it can be difficult to keep track of what you are required to do for each application so it is important that you have a good organisation system in place.
Whether you are someone who prefers a physical notebook, or someone who opts for a digital to-do list and organisation system (such as Notion or Todoist), it is important to plan your week in advance. At the start of each week, you should set yourself SMART goals, make a time-block plan for each day, and distribute your required tasks to set days to prevent yourself from feeling overwhelmed by the seemingly never-ending stream of tasks. If you utilise these productivity hacks, you’ll land your dream graduate job in no time!
Written by Roni Newman
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